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Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories

David Shrayer-Petrov
Edited by Maxim D. Shrayer

Cloth $29.95    |    978-0-8156-1033-5    |    2014


ebook 978-0-8156-5278-6


Dinner with Stalin was named as one of the three finalists for the 2014 Edward Lewis Wallant Award, one of the oldest and most prestigious Jewish literary awards in the United States.

"This collection of richly constructed stories beautifully illustrates the intersecting worlds of Russian, Jewish, and American lives. In doing so, Shrayer-Petrov brings to life the tensions, longings, and ambivalences of immigrants trying to establish themselves amidst the confusions of a new culture, a culture that, at times, seems transitory, without substance, without a past. Interweaving fantasy with a kind of searing simplicity, Shrayer-Petrov brings the reader into this world with stunning clarity. . . . The writing is simply beautiful even in the midst of horror and loss"—Victoria Aarons, O.R. & Eva Mitchell Distinguished Professor of Literature, Trinity University

"There is love, a good deal of love, eroticism, and love of literature, but that is not the key to the tales. Rather, a bit like Maupassant and Chekhov, the author lets personalities and situation interact. . . . Shrayer-Petrov has a gift of making the ordinary ‘strange.’ . . . The stories collectively bear a tranquil elegance like a Rubens still life, both of this world and somehow beyond it."—Brian Horowitz, Sizeler Family Chair Professor, Tulane University

  Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories

  David Shrayer-Petrov, a well-known contemporary Russian American writer and medical scientist, was born in Leningrad in 1936 and immigrated to the United States in 1987. He has published twenty-five books in his native Russian, most recently the novel The Story of My Beloved. Shrayer-Petrov’s books of fiction in English include Jonah and Sarah: Jewish Stories of Russia and America and Autumn in Yalta: A Novel and Three Stories.
Maxim D. Shrayer, the author’s son and translator, is a professor at Boston College and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. His books include An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature and Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story.

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